The Blackhawk football team (6-1) is having one of their best seasons in many years and over the weekend, they qualified for the playoffs with a 42-17 win over New Castle.
One of the players leading the Cougars this season is junior running back/linebacker/safety Marques Watson-Trent.
For the season, Watson-Trent leads Blackhawk in rushing with 553 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and is also one of their top players on defense.
Opposing coaches aren’t the only players that have noticed this Beaver County star.
Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt coaching staff have been in contact with Watson-Trent, who made an unofficial visit to Heinz Field for the Syracuse game.
“The first time that I had contact with Pitt was when I went to one of their practices during my sophomore season,” said Watson-Trent. “Then this year, I went to their spring game and have been in contact with them since February until now. I’ve been talking with Coach Karlo and also Coach Narduzzi, who complemented me on my highlights and told me to keep up the good work. He also told me to keep coming down and to keep working hard.”
Watson-Trent is looking for his first Power Five offer and hearing from and getting feedback from his hometown school gives him encouragement and is a source of motivation.
“Hearing from him is definitely a confidence booster and it motivates me to keep working hard,” said Watson-Trent. “It’s also a relief because it shows that someone is seeing and noticing me.”
Although he has the ability to play multiple positions in college, Watson-Trent tells me that he believes his best positions are probably strong safety or outside linebacker.
“I like defense a lot but running back is also like second nature to me so it would be tough to pick.”
Duquesne was the first program to offer Watson-Trent, who’s also hearing from schools such as Northwestern, Michigan State, Rutgers, Army and Harvard.
While his goal is to attract multiple Power Five offers, Watson-Trent says getting one from Pitt would obviously be extra special.
“It would be huge for me,” said Watson-Trent. “I lived in Pittsburgh my entire life, born and raised here, so it’s my home. My entire family still lives here so if I got and offer and went there, they’d all be able to come and see me which would be a huge deal for me. So, getting an offer from Pitt would be very big and special to me.”
— Marques Watson-Trent (@_MW23__) October 6, 2018